Mrs. McGowan's Class.

   ~ Lots About Reading & Writing ~

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"Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you.  And all you can do is to go where they can find you."

The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne.

The most important of all the new skills to be learned during first and second grade are reading and writing. One of my goals each year is to help the children grow as independent readers and writers and to develop a love for books and reading that can last a lifetime! Several resources have been provided for parents and teachers including information about the workshop approach.

 ~ Mrs. McGowan

* Reading Strategies    * Reading and Writing Workshops

   * Parent Tips About Reading         * Book Selections 

* Reading Resources       * Writing Resources

* Word Wall Words   



Book Selections

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University

Linda's Links to Literature - this resource treasure has 11,000+ links to activities and lesson plans for children's and young adult literature.  Links are arranged in alphabetical order by title; from Linda J. Bendall.

Trelease on Reading - Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, has lots of good reading info plus ... a quiz on children's authors and all about making the rain gutters bookshelves.

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know NEA has posted a list compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Caldecott Medal Homepage  - the Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The John Newbery Medal   The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Fun Books to Read: 1st Grade/2nd Grade

Rockaway Township Free Public Library Home Page

Easy Readers for K & 1st Grade - from Rockaway Township Library

2nd Grade Book List - from Rockaway Township Library

Character Ed - the traits are linked to book lists that parents and teachers may feel free to use.

KidPub WWW Publishing - collection of stories written by children.

The Scoop: Info About Authors

Jeanne's Top 100 Children's Books: Math    

Waterford Township, MI Children's Library

Nancy Keane's Children's Literature Booktalks - database; easy to search; visit rest of her site too - great resource!

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site  -  a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.

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